Christmas Week Meal Planning

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ok you guys, Christmas week is upon us.
This week can go one of two ways:

1. Completely indulge the entire week, it's a holiday right? Eat all the cookies, treats, fattening foods, don't bother with meal planning and take a break from that "healthy lifestyle." Feel bloated, gross and icky for Christmas with possibly some higher numbers on the scale. 

2. Stick with your meal planning and prepping for the week, Christmas is just one day after all. Continue with your scheduled workouts and drinking those superfoods, feel like your usual energetic and happy self. Allow yourself to indulge when it comes to your favorites, but don't feel any guilt because you've stuck with your plan 80% of the time.

I think it's a no brainer, option 2 sounds way better. 
Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, which means there's no reason to go off the rails the entire week leading up to it. Whether you are traveling, hosting guests, or enjoying a quiet holiday at home there you can still stick to your plan the majority of the time.

I'm feeling particularly icky after indulging in a few too many Christmas cookies over the weekend, so I sat down and mapped out a game plan for this week.
I don't know about you but I feel so much better and do so much better when I have a plan in place.

I'm currently doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme, and I see no reason to miss any workouts this week. Especially with Christmas falling on a Sunday, which is already a rest day! 

Are you traveling? Bring your workout with you! If you have Beachbody on Demand you can stream your workouts anywhere, and there are a number of programs that require zero equipment. 
Luckily we aren't leaving until Christmas Eve day, so I'll be able to get my workout in at home before embarking on a little road trip. 

Need a healthy meal on the go? I'm bringing a few packets of Shakeology with me along with my shaker cup. Just add water and you have a nutritious meal/snack that counts as 1 red container. For our road trip on Christmas Eve I plan on having a Shakeology as a snack in the afternoon during our drive so that I'm not famished by the time dinner rolls around.
I also plan on having a shake Christmas morning. We're going to Christmas brunch but my kiddos are early risers and there's no way I can wait until then to eat. A Shakeology breakfast works perfectly. We'll be staying with my in-laws so I just plan on using water, ice and my shaker cup. Easy! 

Have you ever been curious about how I meal plan? 
Well, here's a look at this weeks meal plan. 
This template along with all my weekly meal plans are just a few of the things that I share with my challenge groups.


 I'm currently following the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan "A" while doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts. 

If you are interested in joining my January challenge group that kicks off in the New Year, fill out this form and I will help you find a program and plan that is right for you.

Happy holidays! I hope you guys have an amazing week spent making precious memories with family and friends!

Sincerely,
Nicole

21 Day Fix Approved Caprese Chicken

Friday, December 16, 2016

Are you craving some Italian flavors without all of the carbs? This caprese style chicken really hits the spot!


I can't remember how I first came up with this recipe, but it's been a staple in our house for a while. 
It's also super easy to make kid friendly (or husband friendly for that matter). I just added a side of noodles and cut up the chicken for my toddlers and we had a happy family dinner. 

Bake chicken in a pan with a little olive oil, about 10 minutes a side with the lid on, this helps keep the chicken moist. 

Halve and quarter cherry tomatoes, mix in a bowl with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add a little salt and pepper.

Mix ricotta cheese with Italian seasoning.

Once chicken is cooked place on a plate with a dallop  of the ricotta cheese mixture and spoon tomato mixture over the top.

I like to serve mine with salad to get some veggies in! I also sprinkle some red pepper flakes over the top, because I think everything can use a little heat.

This is a great go to if you need a meal without any yellows (aka carbs for my non fixers).


Bon Appetito! 

Shopping List

Chicken breasts
Ricotta cheese
Italian Seasoning
Cherry tomatoes
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar

21 Day Fix breakdown: 1.5 red (chicken + ricotta cheese), 1 purple (tomatoes), .5 orange (balsamic + olive oil mix on the tomatoes), 1 tsp (olive oil for cooking the chicken)
Add a 1 green if you serve with a salad!

Black Friday Deal: Classic Dot Moccs

Friday, November 25, 2016

Classic Dot's Black Friday deals are live now!


I am super excited to share the limited edition butterscotch moccasin that is on sale for only $18, shipped!

There are limited quantities available, and once it's gone, it's gone! 


Annabelle has been rocking this color a lot lately and I am OBSESSED. They literally go with everything!

All other moccs on the site are 25% off as well, and shipping is always FREE.
Use code HOLIDAY at checkout.
The sale ends Monday!

Sincerely,
Nicole

Gobble but don't wobble: Thanksgiving Guide

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Yesterday I shared my plans for staying healthy and fit this holiday season, but today I want to talk about Thanksgiving in particular. 


How can you still enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without feeling like an overstuffed turkey afterwards?
I mentioned the 80/20 lifestyle and picking + choosing your indulgences yesterday, and that's exactly the method I'm going to use at Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow!

What does that look like?
You better believe I'm going to be getting my workout on Thanksgiving morning, this is one day that exercise really shouldn't be skipped! I also plan on enjoying my superfood shake for breakfast like usual, and making smart decisions food wise for the rest of the day leading up to the big dinner. This is what the 80/20 lifestyle is all about!  

What's your favorite thing on the menu? 
Are you a mashed potato obsessed? Does dessert do the trick for you? Will you be needing some wine to make it through the day?
Figure out where it is that you want to indulge, and plan accordingly. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and I fully plan on enjoying it. I'm not going to to deprive myself of my favorites, but I will pick and choose what I'm going to enjoy.
For me, it's all about wine and dessert, so I'm going to be mindful of what I pack my plate with at dinnertime.

Below is a great example of how to stack your plate for Thanksgiving!
Load up on veggies and lean protein! You can still enjoy a little stuffing and potatoes, but try it in small amounts. 
The second image is an example of what NOT to do.

images via autumn calabrese

Be mindful of your portions!
But most importantly, enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow you guys!

Sincerely,
Nicole

p.s.- If you think your going to need a little detox after this weekend, the 3 day refresh is currently on sale! It's a great all natural cleanse (don't worry, you won't be spending the day in the bathroom) that is awesome for getting your health back on track and feeling your best! Email me {nicolecravinho@gmail.com} for more details!


2016 Holiday Survival Plan

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ok you guys the holiday season is upon us, a time that is known for indulging in all kinds of high sugar, high calorie foods. This is also the time of year that most people end up packing on the pounds.
Did you know that the average American gains 7-10 pounds during the holiday season?
I don't know about you, but I've worked way too hard to let myself go during the next month.


So here's what I'm going to do:

1. Make weekly meal plans

2. Continue working out 5-6 days a week

3. Follow the 80/20 rule

4. Drink my daily superfoods

5. Pick and choose when + what to indulge in

6. Look to my challenge group for motivation + accountability!

In a nutshell, I'm going to continue doing what I normally do! It might take a bit more focus, determination and motivation but I know that I have all the tools I need to stay healthy during this holiday season. 

Meal Planning // I use Sundays as a way to gear up for my week, and that includes making a plan for all of my meals. I use a spreadsheet to keep myself organized, and every Sunday I sit down and make my game plan. I used to think this was unnecessary but I've learned over time that it is crucial for having a successful week. If I don't make a plan than I'm planning to fail!

Workouts // I can honestly say this is the first time in my ENTIRE life that I've been able to stick with an exercise program. Going to the gym, or any type of exercise that requires me to leave the house for that matter, is just not realistic for me. I was constantly setting myself up for failure with gym memberships or grand plans of going for a jog. What IS realistic for my lifestyle is working out in my own living room. Once I started programs like the 21 day fix I realized that I CAN commit to a workout program, it just needed to be something that fit into my life. As a mom of two littles working out at home is the only way for me. 

The 80/20 rule // I talk about the 80/20 rule a lot on my social media, but that's because I truly do live by it. I can't deprive myself of my favorite things and I won't do it. Life is too short. BUT I do try and make healthy choices (like clean eating and working out) 80% of the time so that when I do want a special treat or want to indulge in something I can. This allows me to live life but also stay healthy!

Daily superfood shake // Ok, I have to admit I wasn't sure about Shakeology at first. Once I tried it though and saw the positive impact it had on my health, I was hooked. I really can't say enough awesome stuff about this product, it is NOT just a protein shake. I drink my Shakeology every single day and it not only makes me feel fantastic, but it also helps curb those sugar cravings because it is so yummy. One shake has the equivalent of six salads, you can't beat that! My go to recipe is 1 scoop of cafe latte Shako, crushed ice, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup of spinach and some cinnamon. Yum! If you are interested in giving Shakeology a try shoot me an email {nicolecravinho@gmail.com} and we can talk more! Here's another fun seasonal recipe below:


Pick + Choose // This sort of goes along with my 80/20 rule. Look, we can't have everything. Choose what is your absolute favorite and indulge in that instead of indulging in everything. Wine and dessert are my favorite, so on Thanksgiving I'm not going to go to town with everything on the table. Instead of a heaping plate of mashed potatoes, stuffing and a roll I'm going to save my indulging for some wine and pie.

Challenge group // I cannot say enough amazing things about challenge groups! Even though I am a coach and I run these groups, I also participate in them. They help keep me motivated and focused, and the nightly accountability check-in's are great for keeping me on track. My next challenge group starts on Monday Nov. 28th but I still have a couple of spots available! It will be a short challenge, only 3 weeks long and will end before Christmas. If you are interested in joining us please fill out this form and I will contact you within 24 hours!
You can also click here to learn more about it!

The holidays are my favorite time of year, but I am determined to make this my healthiest holiday season ever and I hope you'll join me!

Sincerely,
Nicole

21 Day Fix and breastfeeding

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A lot of my challengers who do the 21 day fix program with me are new mamas, which means a lot of them are still breastfeeding.
One of the most common questions I am asked is if it's safe to do the program while breastfeeding?
My answer is yes.
In fact, I did 3 rounds of the 21 day fix, all while nursing my daughter. 
BUT you do need to tweak things a bit.
The nutrition part of the 21 day fix deals a lot with portion control, and you are allotted a certain amount of each "container" (basically a food group) each day. The amount you are allowed to have is basically determined by this equation:
- Current weight x 11 = baseline calories
- Add 400 to baseline calories = daily caloric need
- Subtract 750 from daily caloric need = calorie target


Now, I have often heard that all you have to do is add 500 to your calorie target if you are breastfeeding. Personally, I don't think that always works. Sometimes my nursing mama's can still fall into the lowest category. As a breastfeeding mom you should never eat below 1500 calories, and chances are you need more than that (especially if your babe is young exclusively nursing).

According to Kellymom.com breastfeeding mamas need at least 1500-1800 calories per day, and most likely on the higher end of that. If you are starting the 21 day fix than that means you are exercising, and definitely need to be eating closer to 1800 calories! Click here to read the full article regarding breastfeeding and weight loss.

With all that being said, I always recommend that my nursing mothers never eat below the second portion category of 1500-1800 calories. I also advise that you should listen to your own body! If you feel like you need to eat more than those portion containers are allowing, then use your own judgement! As long as you are making healthy choices and sticking with the recommended foods, you will still see results.
I did, so I know you will too!

Now I am not a doctor, I am simply speaking from my own experience and that of my challengers. If you are at all concerned about starting a program while breastfeeding you should always consult your doctor.

If you have any questions at all regarding the 21 day fix, please reach out to me!

Sincerely,
Nicole

Annabelle's Woodland Themed First Birthday

Monday, November 14, 2016

It's been well over a month since my sweet baby girl turned one, and I am just now getting around to sharing it with all of you! 

This birthday was a little bittersweet because I'm a little sad for my  babe to be growing up, and her daddy wasn't able to be there with us for it. 

I knew for months prior that I wanted to do a woodland theme. It seemed like the perfect thing for fall and where we live! 

I was so busy during the weeks leading up to the party that I was lucky it sort of all came together. I had been picking up stuff throughout the mont of September here and there (her actual birthday and party was October 1st), and definitely kept things low key.




I got the super cute Happy Birthday banner and coordinating party invitations from Prints for Events. They matched the party theme perfectly and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!
I'm pretty sure the invites were one of my favorite things from the party.

I always prefer to do cupcakes for big events, it's just so much easier than a cake. I found the sparkley "Annabelle's 1st Birthday" and "One" cake toppers from Topper That custom cake toppers.
I used fake moss that I picked up from Michael's along with a faux wood slice and faux sparkly acorns to go along with our woodland theme.
I served pretzel "sticks" and a veggie platter to snack on, along with spiced apple cider and coffee. I also made leaf shaped sugar cookie cut outs that big brother helped me decorate the day before.



I used my rustic chalkboard for a month by month photo display of Annabelle, which was a big hit!
The "one" high chair banner was a super easy DIY that I threw together last minute, thanks to my Cricut. 






Throughout the whole party, and even now a month later, poor Jacob keeps asking when his birthday party is. We've got a few holidays to get through first little buddy! 


Even though Jake wasn't able to be there, Belle was surrounded by friends and family who all came to celebrate her very first birthday!





on Annabelle:
outfit: Baby Gap // moccs: Classic Dot // flower hair clip: My Mondays Child

Sincerely,
Nicole


Leftover Halloween Candy: What to do?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween everyone! 

If you have a sweet tooth and are anything like me then you are probably going to indulge in a little candy and sweet treats today. That's ok, were only human and I totally believe you shouldn't completely deprive yourself! BUT once Halloween is over it's time to get rid of all that temptation! 


Today I'm sharing two awesome ideas for donating your leftover Halloween candy:

1. Cash for candy through the buyback program
The Halloween candy buy back program will pay $1 for each pound of candy donated. Click the link to search for a dentist in your area that particiaptes in the program. 


2. Operation Gratitude
Mail leftover candy to your troops! This program sends donated candy to our deployed troops, just click the link below to find a location near you! 


We only bought 1 bag of candy for trick or treaters yesterday, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can get rid of it all! If not I will for sure be getting it out of the house tomorrow, because I have zero self control. I love the idea of donating it to our soldiers, especially since we ourselves are a military family. 

I'm also hosting a free 4 day sugar detox challenge over on Facebook, which is a great way to get back on track after a sugar induced holiday weekend! It's super easy to join, all you have to do is:

1. "Like" my health and fitness page so that you don't miss out on anything.

2. Click "interested" in the event so that I can add you to the closed group.

The challenge starts tomorrow November 1st and is completely free. It will be full of tips, info, motivation and yummy recipes!

Let's stay healthy through this holiday season! 

Sincerely,
Nicole

Highlights from our week

Friday, September 23, 2016

I don't have some incredible post prepared for today, it's just been one of those weeks.
Sick baby, very little sleep, needy toddler, ahhhhh.
We were originally supposed to be headed out of town today for a wedding over the weekend, but with Annabelle sick it just isn't going to happen. Sadly, we're headed to the doctor to instead. 
So instead of complaining about what's been going on around here, I thought I would post about the highlights of our week!

The first day of Fall // I think this time of year might be my favorite, and the fact that we live somewhere now that actually has seasons gets me all kinds of excited. I wanted to do a little something out of the norm with the kids yesterday to celebrate. So yesterday morning I made pumpkin spice pancakes, broke out the fun Halloween tableware, and we watched Curious George "Boofest" (streaming on Netflix!). I chatted with Jacob about Halloween and he is now SUPER excited and says "Hollwaweeeeeeeen!" Every time he see's pumpkin/ghost/bat paraphernalia.



Matching jammies // The kiddos have matching Halloween jammies this year and the cuteness kills me. Jacob is also quick to point out anything that matches, so he was extra excited to see that he and his sissy had coordinating pj's. Oh, and Annabelle also skipped drinking from a traditional "sippy cup" and went right to the Miracle Cup that her brother uses. I'm sure she thought I was an idiot for constantly giving her little sippy cups that she hated, when all she wanted was what her brother had. Go figure.   


Halloween Costume // Last year we literally moved from Florida to Oregon ON October 31st. Annabelle was 4 weeks old, when we arrived in Portland it was raining, and no costume/trick or treating happened for Jacob. I've been feeling guilty ever since.
Well, this week we picked up Jacob's Halloween costume and he already asked to wear it 3 times in the 24 hours that we've had it. He runs through the house yelling "BATMAN" and I think he will surely get his wear out of it by the time Halloween comes around. 
FYI: It's impossible to take a picture of Batman that isn't blurry. Once in costume, Batman cannot stop moving.



Almond milk at Starbucks // You guys, I am obsessed with almond milk. My mother in law turned me on to it and I've never looked back. It gives my coffee just enough flavor without adding any sugar and I love it. Most of the little independent coffee shops around here offer it, and don't get me wrong I love those little coffee shops. But when your shopping with your kids at Target and there's a Starbucks inside, that's just where you go. Well, imagine my excitement when we walked into Target the other day and I saw this sign! 
SCORE!



1st Birthday Planning // I'm in the middle of planning Annabelle's first birthday, which is in just a week! I'm insanely emotional about her turning one, and I was not that way with Jacob at all. I guess the second time around time goes that much faster? I'm super excited that I am able to pay for her entire birthday (party, gifts, birthday girl outfit- everything) with money I made as a Beachbody coach. Less than a month ago I was bringing in $0 a month (Classic Dot is doing well, but with a new company like that it's best to keep reinvesting in the business), and now after only a few weeks, I am able to pay for my baby girls birthday. That's pretty amazing. I'm going to share more about being a Beachbody coach next week, but if you are interested in learning more please reach out and send me an email! nicolecravinho@gmail.com 

That's our week, in all of it's exciting glory.
I'm hoping that Annabelle gets better over the weekend, so we will most likely be spending most of our time at home to make sure she gets all the rest she needs. 
I hope that you all have a much more eventful weekend! 

Sincerely,
Nicole

Cheers! My favorite toddler approved green smoothie

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I'm pretty sure that I've posted about my green smoothies before.
I used to make them for myself well before kids, but now my toddler is obsessed with them.
Whenever I make myself my daily superfood shake (aka Shakeology) he requests his "Jacob smoothie" as well and I gladly oblige.


Ingredients:
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
1 cup of spinach
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/4 cup orange juice 

Throw it all in a blender (or use a handheld immersion blender like I've been doing now that my fancy blender bit the dust) and your done!
Jacob probably has one of these about four times a week, so at least I know that he's getting some good stuff in his diet even if the rest of the day is a fail.
I haven't offered one of these to Annabelle yet, but I'm sure when I do she'll love them too.

Cheers!

Sincerely,
Nicole


21 Day Fix Week 1 Progress + Weekend Whereabouts

Monday, September 19, 2016

The first time I attempted the 21 day fix I didn't really document my journey or my progress, but this time around I definitely want to share!
It's been 1 full week on the 21 day fix and I can already see (and feel) a difference.


I can actually see a little definition in my abs, something that I haven't seen since well before I had my kiddos.
My energy level has dramatically increased, which is super important right now because I'm currently solo parenting while Jake is gone on a TDY. 
Annabelle slept horribly all week but I was still in a good mood and able to keep up with the kids, which I know is a direct result of drinking my superfoods, eating clean, and daily workouts.
Want to learn more about the 21 day fix? Click here

Not only did I make it through my first week of the 21 day fix, but the three of us also made it through our first week on our own.
The first half of the week was difficult, but then we had a few awesome days in a row so I'm hoping everything will be looking up from here!
We stayed busy during the week and weekend with trips to the park and fun fall outings.




We're still trying to find our new routine but I'm sure it will only get easier. We have quite a few more weeks to go, but lots of fun things planned to pass the time!

Sincerely,
Nicole


Black Bean and Spinach Soup {How I do dinnertime}

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I'm starting a new series to share how I tackle dinner time in our home!
Both my husband and I are all about healthy eating, and I love it when I can find meals that my toddlers enjoy as well. We prefer to sit down to dinner as a family, a tradition that I think is SO important to start early.

For some reason a lot of people think that if you are eating clean or on a program like the 21 day fix that you can't make meals everyone will enjoy- that's just not true!
Every week I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite super easy, clean eating, kid friendly dinners that I like to make for my family.

All of these meals are 21 day fix approved, or they can easily be tweaked to meet those requirements. Interested in starting your own journey to a healthy lifestyle, or want to know more about the 21 day fix? Click here!

Today I have one of my all time favorite recipes to share with you:


This black bean and spinach soup is always a staple in our home during the fall and winter months.
It is SO simple to make- there is nothing I love more than tossing everything into one pot and then walking away.
The beans help to make this a heartier soup, perfect for dinner time.
We often serve it with quesadillas (great for dipping!), or sometimes add shredded chicken to the soup once it's finished.
If your kiddos aren't huge soup fans, just give them the quesadillas and call it a day!

Ingredients 

2-3 cloves of garlic (minced) 
1 yellow onion 
1/2 red bell pepper (cubed) 
32oz vegetable broth
3 cups baby spinach
1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 bay leaf
salt + pepper to taste 

Directions

Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in large pot. Add minced garlic and onion, mix around until it starts to soften (about 4 minutes). Add red bell pepper, satay until softened (another 4 minutes). Things should be smelling good about now!

Pour in vegetable broth, add spinach, beans, bay leaf and salt + pepper. Bring soup to a slight boil, then turn down to simmer. Let simmer for at 20 minutes.

Use immersion blender to puree soup. 
Enjoy!

If you're on the 21 day fix I would count this soup as 1 green container and 1 yellow container. Don't forget to count a red container if you decide to add chicken to the soup!

Sincerely,
Nicole

Playroom Peeks {featuring SillyOllie + The Pretty Printcess}

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Can I just tell you how thankful I am that we have a playroom?
Most of the time it looks like a bomb went off, but as long as it's all contained to this space I really can't complain.


One of the selling points of this house for us was the 4th bedroom, which was advertised as an "office." 
Being a mama of two littles that of course immediately translated to "playroom." 
Having a place that is specifically dedicated to toys and my childrens crazy antics helps keep me somewhat sane. 
The decorating process has been a slow one. It was almost summertime when we finally moved into our home, and honestly who really wants to sit inside worrying about that stuff in the summer? 
The playroom is far from being done, but I wanted to share a few peeks of it with you all now! 

banner c/o SillyOllie
This sweet "Wild + Free" banner is from a super cute Etsy shop called SillyOllie. They have tons of different awesome banners and wall art, and I always love to support a mama run shop!



I love to make comfy little "reading corners" for the kids. They each have one in their bedrooms, and I wanted a little space like that in their playroom too. We have SO many books that I've started using different types of cute bins (along with bookshelves) to store them.
Even though we have a ton, I believe that you can never have too many books (and so far I've already gotten a few for Annabelle's birthday, eek!).


I used twine and small clothespins to make a fun spot to display artwork. Both the kids love to sit at this little table, so I'd say it's a definitely must-have from Ikea.

prints c/o The Pretty Printcess
I am OBSESSED with these superhero prints from The Pretty Printcess. She makes all types of affordable custom prints, and when I spied these superhero ones I just had to have them for the playroom!


That wicker chest was my first ever thrifted item- $5!
If you were to remove the lid (which is rarely ever on) you would find all sorts of random toys. That's my secret for a quick cleanup, throw everything in the toy chest.

I'm still on the hunt for some more fun pieces to fill the walls of this space, so I'm sure it'll be an ongoing work in progress.
Now if you'll excuse us, we have some playing to do.


Sincerely,
Nicole

Breakfast the easy way {My morning oats}

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A month or two ago I shared a picture of my morning oats on Instagram, and received a bunch of requests for a recipe.  
Unfortunately, I have no actual recipe but I wanted to share with you how I do oats for the family and give you a few ideas of what we like to add to ours!

The whole family enjoys oatmeal so I like to make a big batch to store in the fridge for the week.
We alternate between rolled oats and steel cut oats, just to keep things interesting. 
I follow the directions on the bag and make the oats plain with water. We add whatever toppings we desire to our individual bowls of oats instead of the whole batch.

Jacob loves a little brown sugar (VERY little) and dried cranberries. He calls the cranberries "treats" which is fine with me. These days he thinks every meal should come with a treat. God help us.
Annabelle eats the oats plain, but it can get insanely messy. Sometime's we just skip her and let her eat something else because I don't always want to be cleaning oats out of her hair, the carpet, my shirt... you get the point.
I usually add a little cinnamon to mine, but I love slivered almonds and dried cranberries on occasion. 
I also like to add a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk to everyones oatmeal when reheating it because oatmeal can loose some of its moisture when it's been stored in the fridge. Bonus- it adds some nice flavor too!
We also get a little fancy sometimes and add some fresh berries, apples, bananas, just whatever we happen to have on hand at the moment.
In the picture above I've added apples with cinnamon and a little almond milk.

Anytime I can make a big batch of something that the whole family can eat I consider it a win!

ALSO if you are doing the 21 day fix, oats count as 1 yellow container but be mindful of what you are adding to them! Are you interested in joining my challenge group? Click here for more info!

Sincerely,
Nicole

Get Fit for Fall + My Story

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

If you follow me on social media then I'm sure you've seen various posts related to getting healthy and fit this month.


I have a challenge group starting in just a few weeks (Sept 19th!) and would love for anyone who is looking to improve their health and fitness to join me! You can learn more about that here.

Now I want to give you a little background about what has brought me to where I'm at today.

Living a healthy lifestyle is something that is super important to me. I want to be able to provide my family with the best nutrition that I can, and I can't do that if I'm not practicing what I preach. 

I also can't be at my personal best when I'm not eating right. When I make poor diet choices I can see the impact right away- I'm sluggish, tired, and have zero energy. This results in me losing my patience with the kids, lacking motivation, and then feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. 
If I feel this way, I KNOW that I can't be the only one. 

After I had my second baby, Annabelle, life felt extremely chaotic. The fact that we moved clear across the country when she was only 4 weeks help didn't help, but even after being settled in for months I still felt like I couldn't get my bearings. 
I was carrying around a bunch of leftover "baby weight," and eating terribly. Lots of sugary treats, unnecessary snacking, and extra calories from alcohol. 
I was overwhelmed having two littles 20 months a part, and I felt like I just could not get with the program. 
After the holidays I knew I needed to take action. My mom and I both decided to give the 21 day fix a try. 
Being able to workout from home was a game changer.
The nutrition plan put be back on track with clean eating and portion control. 

I'll be completely honest with you, I didn't stick with the program 100% the first time. Some days I'd eat something not so great. Sometimes I would skip a workout. But let me tell you, it got me back on the right track. I continued to do the workouts every week, even if I missed a day or two. 
I lost weight. I was slowly able to fit back into some of my pre-baby clothes. 
My mom? She lots over 20 lbs. 


I felt so passionately about the 21 day fix program that I decided to become a Beachbody coach so that I could help others too. 
I'm now at my pre-baby weight, but I still have a ways to go in my journey. I have new health and fitness goals, which is why I'm gearing up to do another round of the 21 day fix on September 19th with anyone else who wants to join me. 

I plan on staying focused for the entire 3 weeks, and I cannot wait to see the results. 
If this sounds like something you might be up for or if you just want some more information, please fill out the form here
If forms aren't really your thing, feel free to contact me on social media as well!

Sincerely,
Nicole



Friday Favorites + Birthday Weekend

Friday, August 12, 2016

Can I get a hell yea for Friday?!


Not only is it almost the weekend, but it's my birthday weekend at that! 

I love birthdays, and the fact that mine is tomorrow has put me in a good mood all week!
We don't have any huge plans, except to spend the day BABY FREE!
Don't get me wrong, I love my kiddos something fierce, but Mama needs a break badly.
So we'll call this weekend a little birthday staycation.

Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things this week! 

Halloween at Old Navy // I was checking out the new arrivals for baby stuff at Old Navy and came across some Halloween goodies like this onesie and this super cute set! I can't wait until they get some of their toddler stuff! I know it's only August, but I am so excited for Fall. Chances are we will have two walkers this Halloween, and I am so excited for some matching outfits and coordinating costumes.


Hot Pink Pedi's for August // I may or may not have spent nap time the other day with my cup of coffee on the bathroom floor painting my toes. Sometime's you gotta do what you gotta do. OPI's "charged up cherry" is my all time favorite hot pink shade for summer. I might even be an overachiever and try to paint my fingernails for this weekend to match my toes, because no kids.

Fish Taco Recipe // I made these fish tacos for dinner the other night and they turned out amazing. The avocado sauce is perfect, and we subbed greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Delish.


Classic Dot Toddlers are my Cardio tank // I mean, could this be any more true? You can score this tank for 10% off until the end of today too! Just check out this post for the promo code.

Current Blog Obsession // I am obsessed with this blog right now. For the past 3 years I have either been pregnant or just had a baby, and my wardrobe needs a serious overhaul. I'm tired of feeling like a frumpy mommy and ready to add a little style back into my life. Julia from Gal meets Glam is total fashion inspiration. 

Follow along with my birthday weekend on Instagram stories!
@ncravinho

Sincerely,
Nicole